TPOT is the web site for the Metadata Services Department of the University of California, San Diego Libraries.
1. To facilitate the work of Metadata Services Department staff by providing practical and relevant tools and information, allowing them to access information quickly and easily;
2. To serve as a source of information about the UC San Diego Libraries cataloging and metadata practices for other units within the organization;
3. To share information and practices with the community at large, because of our long-standing commitment to cooperative cataloging and record sharing, and because of the need for broad sharing of metadata standards and practices.
TPOT began in January 1994 under the leadership of George Janczyn. It expanded and continued the documentation from an earlier GOPHER site, and contained information pertaining to acquisitions, cataloging and preservation activities in the UCSD Libraries. Thus TPOT started as an acronym for Technical Processing Online Tools. Following George’s retirement, TPOT was managed by Aaron Olsen, and after that by Michael Stuart. When new options for library web sites became available in 2007, TPOT narrowed its focus to only cataloging and metadata support. (Web sites for the other technical services departments are on the Libraries Intranet.) Because it was widely and well known, we decided to keep the acronym, but stopped using the words that formed the acronym. In June 2012, TPOT moved to the Hannon-Hill content management system, which brought a new look-and-feel, new navigation, and a new backend organizational system. At that time, archived documents were moved to a local private drive and other private documents (such as minutes) were moved to the Libraries’ Intranet. TPOT is currently managed by Shirley Higgins and the TPOT Managing Editors.